One in ten women suffers from an episode of significant depression following the birth of a baby. These depressions can have a profoundly negative effect on the quality of the mother infant relationship and, in turn, on the course of child development itself. The first book in a decade to deal exclusively with the impact of postpartum depression on child development, this groundbreaking volume brings together rigorous and sophisticated research from eighteen of the leading authorities in the field.
"The research described in this volume has cast light on both the nature of postnatal depression and its effects on infants. These issues are of considerable practical importance both because of the frequency of postpartum depression and because the effects on infants seem to impinge on a wide range of psychological functions in the individual child as well as on crucial patterns of family interaction. Most importantly, the concepts and findings discussed by the authors have potential implications for a much broader range of issues, both theoretical and practical, with respect to early psychological development. The high quality research described in this book, especially that undertaken by the editors, has clearly shown how difficult developmental questions can be tackled rigorously while still retaining a sensitivity to the subtleties of parent-child interaction and to the nuances of individual psychological development." --From the Afterword by Michael Rutter, Maternal Depression and Infant Development: Cause and Consequence; Sensitivity and Specificity "Over the past two decades there has been a great deal of research concerning the impact of postnatal depression on child development. This outstanding and timely volume, which has contributions from leading figures in the field, assembles this work in a remarkably coherent fashion. It succeeds by bringing together a wide variety of issues concerned with postnatal depression and infants, including epidemiology, basic infant development, developmental psychopathology and treatment. The book concludes with a brilliant critique of the field and its future by Sir Michael Rutter. Anyone with an interest in the subject should have this book on their shelves." --Alan Stein, MB BCh., FRCPsych., Leopold Muller Professor of Child & Family Mental Health, The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and the Tavistock Clinic
"In dealing with the effects of postpartum depression on child behavior Murray and Cooper have captured the complexity of the developmental process in terms that will be informative to both clinicians and scientists.
An excellent set of contributors to this edited volume illuminate the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of maternal depression and explore the emotional, social, communicative, and cognitive pathways through which parental emotional state influences the lives of their children.
This book not only promotes understanding of the unfolding relationship between depressed mothers and their infant offspring that will be useful to every student of development, but provides a number of therapeutic models for enhancing their mental health that will be useful to clinicians as well." --Arnold J. Sameroff, Ph.D., Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan
"This is a timely collection of papers on a vital subject--the effects of postpartum depression on an infant's future. Since the incidence of PPD is on the increase in our world, where new mothers are isolated, unprotected, and without support systems, they and their babies are bound to be more vulnerable to this type of depression. The type of infant with which a vulnerable parent must cope plays a significant role in their outcome. As clinicians, we could predict to this and offer increased support to mothers of such newborns.
The effects of maternal depression on the early social and cognitive development of the infant is likely to leave that infant's future at high risk for breakdown in the face of stress. Perhaps the ills of our time--the epidemic of violence and of breakdown in adolescence--could be curbed if we offered these mothers the support they need in order to nurture their infants more successfully. The marvelous plasticity of the immature nervous system might prepare the way for a better outcome if we as clinicians were more alert to the ominous outcomes with depressed mothers. This book is a challenge to call to all of us in the field of infant mental health." --T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
"If the mother of a new-born baby is depressed, then her ways of relating to her baby in thought, feeling and action may be seriously affected. This volume represents a state-of-the art overview of the implications of maternal post-partum depression, interacting with associated environmental circumstances and infant characteristics, for the baby's subsequent emotional and cognitive development. The approaches to studying 'depression' and its potential effects on mother-baby interchanges [covered in this book] are diverse and deeply considered, and the analysis of direct and indirect effects on subsequent child development, as well as the evaluation of treatment, are at once challenging and circumspect. The findings [covered in this book] are important not only for understanding a range of factors that may alter the course of a child's early psychological development, but also for conceptualizing the very nature and significance of an infant's interpersonal relations and developing mental life." --R. Peter Hobson, Ph.D., FRCPsych, CPsychol, Tavistock Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the University of London, Tavistock Clinic and University College, London
"The impact of parenting on child development and behavior has become a subject of major medical, social and political concern. In Postpartum Depression & Child Development Lynne Murray and Peter Cooper have produced a book that comprehensively reviews what we know abut the consequences for infants of maternal depression in the postnatal period. Their team of contributors includes pioneers in the field--such as Hanus Papousek and Tiffany Field--and researchers whose work now leads the way--such as Murray and Cooper themselves. In this complex area of research, Postpartum Depression & Child Development is clear, balanced and fully up to date. It will be the key text on the subject for a decade or more." --Professor Louis Appleby, M.D., F.R.C.P, M.R.C.Psych, School of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Manchester ., ."a very welcome addition to the library for anyone interested in the field of perinatal psychiatry....While this work presents the latest available research it also gives an excellent introduction to the field and is thus as useful to someone who has recently become interested in postnatal depression as those currently involved in research in this area." --"The Marce Society Newsletter"
"The editors of this book have brought together an impressive array of respected researchers in the areas of infant research and post partum depression....Captures the state of the art in this rapidly growing field and...Will be a very useful reference for the researcher and student interested in this particular area....An excellent textbook...One that I am pleased to have had the opportunity to read." --"The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease"
"This is an excellent overview volume that I would commend to all practitioners working with the children of women suffering postpartum depression....The book is written by the foremost current researchers on postnatal depression, its concomitants, and sequelae....It is affordable, accessible, and provides clinically relevant information not easily found elsewhere. Not to be missed." --"Child Psychology & Psychiatry Review"
"The book meets its objective of exploring the impact of postpartum depression through well-written chapters that capture international perspectives on research. The chapters flow together well, avoiding redundancy. The research data are presented clearly and with good graphics. Intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, and all professionals in the field of human development, this book belongs on the shelf of any studentof postpartum depression." --"Psychiatric Services"
"An impressive collection of informative, richly referenced, and readable chapters...the research presented is far reaching, tackling many intriguing questions while raising more that require further investigation." --"Lancet"